What Is An Activated Charcoal Mask Good For?

August 23, 2017 3 min read 0 Comments

By Grace


Photo by @criolas

How does an activated charcoal clay mask help skin? Lot of ways, in fact!  Whether you have acne prone skin or not, there's still a lot of benefits to using activated charcoal!  Today we’ll be going over the ingredient’s in Banish’s Activated Charcoal Clay Masque to see how these ingredients can help skin. 

The activated charcoal clay masque from Banish comes in a 25ml amber glass jar. You should only use it 1-2 times per week so although the amount seems small, it’s enough to last about  2 weeks.

How to use the mask:

Mix the activated charcoal clay masque with water or your favorite liquid until you make a paste. Add a layer onto your skin and let dry, then wash off. Get rid of clogged or large pores by using this masque 1-2 times a week.  For external use only.


Now let’s get into the Ingredients in Banish’s activated charcoal clay masque:

 1. Montmorillonite (Italian Green Clay)

  • Montmorillonite clay is a highly absorbent clay that tones the skin.
  • This clay can tighten pores and can be a bit drying. Use of moisturizer is recommended after use and this is best for oily skin types.  If you have sensitive or dry skin, this type of clay may not be the best fit.

 2. Activated Charcoal

  • Produced from coconut shell, bamboo and wood. It is made by exposing regular charcoal to heat and gas, the activated version of charcoal has high level of absorbency that allows it to effectively trap toxins.


  • It has the ability to absorb impurities up to 100 to 200 times its weight.

3. Allantoin

  • Allantoin is a naturally occurring compound found in plants. It’s safe, non-toxic and non-irritant.
  • Allantoin soothes the skin and protects it from irritation.
  • Has the ability to help heal the skin and stimulate the growth of healthy tissue.

4. Zinc Oxide

  • Zinc Oxide is Used to address skin damage, like burns or scars; irritations; and may even act as a protective layer on the skin to lock moisture in, while keeping pathogens out.
  • Has ability to soothe skin irritation.
  • It has antibacterial properties making it a common ingredient in antiseptic ointments.

 5Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester)

  • A fat-soluble form of Vitamin C. It’s non-acidic and is one of the most stable forms of vitamin C.
  • Ascorbyl Palmitate is readily absorbed by the skin where it can combat the free radicals that lead to unhealthy aging skin.


6. Organic Blue Green Algae Powder

  • Organic blue-green algae is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. It has high concentrations of proteins, vitamins and nutrients.
  • Is rich in compounds that provide antioxidants which help fight free radicals.

7. Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE)

  • DMAE helps to tighten skin and reduce sagging, improve firmness and elasticity, smooth lines and wrinkles and also brighten the skin.
  • Has antioxidant power that defends against free radicals.


Together all these ingredients can benefit skin by

  • Absorb impurities to deep clean skin and pores
  • Reducing the look of large pores
  • Helps to clear up blackheads and whiteheads
  • Absorbing excess oils to reduce the risk of pores clogging
  • Reduce the look of blemishes
  • Help skin feel softer and smoother


For people with more sensitive skin, you can mix with a more milder clay like kaolin clay which isn’t as absorbent as Italian green clay.  I also suggest adding a couple drops of moisturizer into your mask mixture too so it doesn’t tighten and dry too much on your skin if you want the benefits of an activated charcoal clay masque without it being too drying.  Have you guys tried an activated charcoal mask and what was your experience?